November 9, 2022 Playlist

Larry Coryell "Spaces" (1970)

Larry Coryell "Spaces"  1970 (USA)
Electric guitarist Larry Coryell was an important figure in the early days of "jazz fusion" who released many acclaimed and popular albums at the end of the 1960's and beginning of the 1970's. In 1969 he played on a groundbreaking funk-fusion album by Herbie Mann and recorded the sessions for this week's CAOTW. The rest of his band on this album are second guitarist John McLaughlin and drummer Billy Cobham (future founders of Mahavishnu Orchestra), future Weather Report bassist Miroslav Vitous, plus Chick Corea (future founder of Return To Forever) playing electric keyboards on one track. Coryell himself would also start a fusion group later in the 1970's called The Eleventh House, though they were never as big as Mahavishnu/Forever/Report. But Spaces was recorded before any of these guys were very famous: in 1969 McLaughlin, Cobham, and Corea were still sidemen in the Miles Davis band recording albums like Bitches Brew! So the Miles influence is pretty thick on this album "conceptually" (use of space, modes, and rhythms), but not in terms of "how it sounds": this is a "jazz" band with no horns and two shredding electric guitars, which I think was unheard of at that time. Coryell continued making great electric guitar jazz up until his passing in 2017.
(N) = New Release
Artist Song Album Year Country
The Modern LoversPablo PicassoThe Modern Loversrec. 1972, rel. 1976USA
TelevisionAin't That Nothin'Adventure1978USA
MinutemenTake Our TestProject Mersh EP1985USA
Butthole SurfersP.S.Y.Piouhgd1991USA
Dungen Nattens Sista Strimma Ljus
("The Night's Last Shimmer Of Light")
En Är För Mycket Och Tusen Aldrig Nog (N)
("One Is Too Much And A Thousand Is Never Enough")
2022 (Mexican Summer)Sweden
DISQ This TimeDesperately Imagining Someplace Quiet (N)2022 (Saddle Creek)USA
Built To Spill Never AlrightWhen The Wind Forgets Your Name (N)2022 (Sub Pop)USA
Guided By Voices Cartoon Fashion (Bongo Lake)Tremblers And Goggles By Rank (N)
2022 (GBV Inc.)USA
Joyeria Colour FilmFIM EP (N - forthcoming release)2022 (Speedy Wunderground)Canada/UK
Black Lips Sharing My CreamApocalypse Love (N)2022 (Fire)USA
Trash Panda Go Kart SquashMight As Well Sprouted The Third Eye (N)2022 (self released)USA
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard ChangeChanges (N)2022 (KGLW)Australia
The Murlocs Bellarine BallerinaRapscallion (N)2022 (ATO)Australia
The Babe Rainbow FlashbackThe Organic Band (N)2022 (Eureka)Australia
Todd Rundgren Eco Warrior Goddess Space Force (N)2022 (Cleopatra)USA
Laddio Bolocko Nurser'97-'99 (N - compilation)1997-1999 (2022 Castle Face)USA
Can Zwei --> Drei (live)Live In Cuxhaven 1976 (N)1976 (2022 Mute)Germany
Larry Coryell
(with John McLaughlin, Billy Cobham, Miroslav Vitous)
Wrong Is RightSpaces
Larry Coryell
(with the above plus Chick Corea)
Larry Coryell
(with same as above)
Tyrone (outtake from Spaces album session)Planet Endrec. 1969, rel. 1975USA
Snarky Puppy Portal
   --> Broken Arrow (live)
Empire Central (N)2022 (GroundUP)USA

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